Alabama Players Enjoy Victory Cigars Following Win Over Tennessee [PHOTOS]
Per tradition, Alabama players always celebrates wins over Tennessee the same way:
With cigars in their mouths.
And not long after the Crimson Tide’s 19-14 victory over the Volunteers on Saturday, many players were doing just that.
“As soon as coach stopped talking and we broke the huddle, the whole locker room was just a big cloud of smoke,” cornerback Cyrus Jones said. “There's always fun getting to let loose a little bit after the game when we beat Tennessee. It's a big game and it means a lot to a lot of people.”
Moments after linebacker Ryan Anderson’s game-sealing strip sack was recovered by defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson with 1:18 left, an aura of smoke took over Bryant-Denny Stadium as Alabama fans began lighting up their own cigars.
Alabama head trainer Jim Goostree began the victory cigar tradition after wins over the Volunteers in the 1950s.
By supplying the cigars to its players, Alabama knowingly commits an NCAA violation involving extra benefits, which it self-reports without any serious repercussions after each win in the series.
With its win on Saturday, Alabama has now won nine straight meetings.
For what it’s worth, Alabama coach Nick Saban has said in the past that he doesn’t personally smoke a victory cigar after the Tennessee wins but appreciates the tradition.
Former Alabama cornerback John Fulton (left) also tweeted a picture from Alabama’s 2013 win over Tennessee on Saturday night, where he smokes a victory cigar alongside former Crimson Tide running back Altee Tenpenny, who died last Tuesday night in a car accident.
Tenpenny’s funeral was held Saturday morning in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was 20 years old.
This past Wednesday, Saban and a few of Tenpenny’s former teammates spoke of him publicly.
Alabama wore special No. 28 decals in honor of Tenpenny on Saturday. Tenpenny wore No. 28 for Alabama last season.